At the luminous conclusion of The Pledge, Charlaina defeated the tyrant Sabara and took her place as Queen of Ludania. But Charlie knows that Sabara has not disappeared: The evil queen's Essence is fused to Charlie's psyche, ready to arise at the first sign of weakness.
Charlie is not weak, but she's being pushed to the brink. In addition to suppressing the ever-present influence of Sabara, she's busy being queen—and battling a growing resistance determined to return Ludania to its discriminatory caste system. Charlie wants to be the same girl Max loves, who Brook trusts, but she's Your Majesty now, and she feels torn in two.
As Charlie journeys to an annual summit to meet with leaders of nearby Queendoms—an event where her ability to understand all languages will be the utmost asset—she is faced with the ultimate betrayal. And the only person she can turn to for help is the evil soul residing within.
This was a really fantastic book, and a really great sequel! It just, for me, wasn't as good as The Pledge, which sucks, but The Pledge was too hard to live up to, it was a really great book that I loved so much, which just means that I loved this book just a little bit less!
The majority of this book doesn't take place in Ludania. Which is a change, because it allows Charlie to meet new people, and get into quite a few adventures, like the time in the outlaw's land, boy, was that an adventure!
I really enjoyed being to be able to spend more time with Charlie and Max, the last book was just so chaotic, that we didn't really get to know them. In this book, things are slower, more methodical and political, and so we got that change!
I guessed that the bad guy was going to be one of those guys, the thoughts narrowed it down to one of the two, so yeah, that felt great to have narrowed the bad guy down to only a few choices! Plus, with all the stuff going on with Sabara, yeah, there was a lot going on in this book!
Just really enjoyed this book so much, and I can't wait for the final book! I know it's going to be great!
Author: Kimberly Derting
Series: The Essence #2
Read: March 24th 2013
Reason Why: Loved The Essence, and it's a WoW Book, Reward Challenge Book, 2013 Dystopia Book, and a Sequel Challenge 2013 Book!
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
Published: January 1st 2013